While dining in a vegetarian restaurant, what foods should I choose?

Yogi Cameron Alborzian
Alternative & Complementary Medicine
One of the big misconceptions regarding vegetarian food preparation is that if it doesn't have meat, it's healthy. This is not true. Often, to compensate for the lack of animal proteins on the menu, a vegetarian restaurant will fill their dishes with imitation animal meats like soy-based chicken. This fake chicken is just that -- fake. The soybeans that have been included in this product have been processed to the point that most of their nutritional value has been lost. When we eat foodstuffs like this that do a poorer job of nourishing the body, we have to eat more of it to feel satisfied. This leads to weight gain.

When eating at a vegetarian restaurant, favor simpler dishes made of real food. Eat dishes comprised of vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, and other items that haven't been tampered with in a factory or anywhere else.

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Vegetarian Diets

When you look at vegetarian diets, it's hard to do so without understanding that many of the practitioners believe that it is not only healthful, but more to practice vegetarianism. This is true even if the diet may include occasi...

onal meats or fish as in the Macrobiotic diet with it's Zen beliefs, or the Indian Ayurvedic diet, which finds milk and dairy central to good health along with plants. Anyone considering a vegetarian diet should learn about the food values of different vegetables, and consider getting advice on whether or not to supplement the diet with vitamins and minerals, particularly if you have special nutritional needs like growing children or pregnant or lactating women.

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